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Family Resources

US Department of Education
Parent Checklist to Help Empower Families to Support Children’s Success in School
Questions and resources that parents and caregivers can use to help ensure their children are getting the education they deserve. The checklist suggests key questions, tips for educational success and resources for more information. (posted 12.9.2015)

100 Ways To Help Your Child and School Succeed
This brochure provides 100 ideas for parents to get involved with their child’s education. (posted 2.16.2018)

Project-Based Learning: Resources for Parents
Students learn important content through Project Based Learning (PBL) by investigating questions, generating original ideas, and working collaboratively to produce products that demonstrate what they have learned. Visit this site to learn four ways to get involved in your child’s PBL learning experience. (posted 2.16.2018)

Home Science: Backyard Astronomy Basics
Although it is possible to observe quite a lot about our solar system using basic telescopes or even the naked eye, there are also many tools that can help you identify what you’re seeing and learn more about what’s out there. Visit this website to learn about astronomy, the constellations, the solar system, famous astronomers and more. (posted 2.16.2018)

National Council of Teachers of English
How to Help Your Child Become a Better Writer
This position statement offers suggestions for helping a child become a better writer, both at home and at school. (posted 2.16.2018)

Reading Rockets: Get Ready for Summer!
Literacy ideas to share with families

Edutopia
Parent Partnership in Education: Resource Roundup
Experts agree that parent involvement in education is one of the biggest predictors of student success. Edutopia compiled this list of articles, videos, and other resources to help you engage productively with your kids’ teachers and school. (posted 3.16.2017)

Manhattan Strategy Group
Five Resources for Family Engagement: Helping Families Prevent Summer Learning Loss
Summer is a perfect time for students of all ages, races/ethnicities, nationalities, and socio-economic levels to strengthen and reinforce their academic skills and still have ample time for summer activities. (posted 3.29.2016)

PTA – Parent Teacher Association, has developed National Standards for Family-School Partnerships, helping your school increase family engagement is a win-win for all.

Dr Karen Mapp on Parents as Agents of Change
The 9 minute video clip, encourages and shares how parents can be the change agent in our schools.   Dr. Mapp is a senior lecturer on education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the faculty director of the Education Policy and Management masters program.

Parent Further is a website for parenting all ages.  Hot Topics, along with tips and strategies that will assist with daily parenting concerns as well as general developmental expectations are included.

Family Time with Apps: A Guide to Using Apps with Your Kids.
The guide provides tips on how and why to use apps together in everyday routines and situations.
Other app choices suggested by Harvard Family Research Project are found at this site.

How Brains are Built: The Core Story of Brain Development
The Alberta Family Wellness Initiative launched their first animated video, which presents the core story of brain development in an accessible and visually engaging format for public audiences. October 2013, Palix Foundation

National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse
The National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse is an Office of Family Assistance (OFA) funded national resource for fathers, practitioners, programs/Federal grantees, states, and the public at-large who are serving or interested in supporting strong fathers and families.

The Smart Talk, PTA
The smart talk get parents and kids together to have a clear conversation about all the devices you use and how to be responsible.

Helping Your Child with Homework
US Department of Education website containing resources for families. Site provides information about parent involvement topics including homework. Resources are also available in Spanish.

Homeroom: The official BLOG of the US Department of Education

  • Educational Rights for Parents/Families
    This checklist follows the set of rights that the USDE recently released outlining what families should be able to expect for their children’s education.

  • Parent Checklist
    Developed by USDE in collaboration with groups such as the National PTA, National Council of La Raza, and the United College Fund, this 3 page document lists questions parents should ask at school, advice on next steps for parents with concerns, and other resources.